Facebook has confirmed that it actively scans conversations that people have on its Messenger app to ensure that the images and links shared are meeting its “community standards”. Say what?
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Assuming you're still on Facebook -- and it's totally OK if you deleted the service this week, it really is -- the company just launched a new update to its Messenger app that gives you and you friends a lot more power over your group conversations (for whoever started them). Here's how it works.
Facebook has two messaging platforms - Messenger and WhatsApp. While imagine many people would have accounts with both services, figures released in parallel with Facebook's quarterly earnings report revealed that WhatsApp boasts over a billion users each day. Messenger has over a billion monthly users.
Android: A recent server-side update to the Facebook and Messenger apps caused a bug that rapidly drained users' batteries even more than those apps usually do. Fortunately, it's been fixed, but you'll need to restart your apps.
Google has released a video chatting app called Duo to rival Apple FaceTime. But unlike the case of Instagram ripping off Snapchat, Duo isn't just a carbon copy of FaceTime. Here's how Google has set Duo apart from Apple's popular iOS video calling feature, for better or for worse.
Facebook's Messenger instant messaging platform is now widely used by people, and even businesses, as a communication tool. Many users are uninhibited when they chat on Messenger and talk about sensitive topics with family and friends. Facebook wants to ensure these conversations remain absolutely private. The social media organisation has started testing out a new Secret Conversation function that uses technology developed by Open Whisper Systems, the company that created the renowned secure messaging app Signal. Here's what you need to know.
Android: If you've used Facebook Messenger for a long time, you might remember the glory days when it could handle your SMS messages, too. For some reason, Facebook took this feature away, but it's back in the latest Messenger beta.
Even if you don't like Facebook as a social network, its Messenger app is pretty killer. If you'd rather use the latter without the former, you can head to messenger.com, where you'll find Facebook's Messenger in a standalone site.
LinkedIn's old message service on its professional social networking site had always been terribly clunky. It looked ugly, had very little functionality and it was difficult to follow conversations. The company has heard the collective cries of users and has introduced a new and improved messaging service.
Last week, we mentioned that Facebook Messenger shares your location with every message, granting some people access to that information via a Chrome extension. Facebook changed things today so you only share your location if you choose to send it in its own separate message.
You're probably aware that Facebook collects a lot of information about you, and if you're using the mobile Messenger app, that includes your location data as well. A new Chrome extension called Marauders Map lets anyone you've sent a message see that location information all at once.
Facebook launched a video chat feature for its Messenger app last month, but it wasn't available to Australian users. Today that has changed, with the feature enabled down under.
iOS/Android: Facebook's latest enhancement to its Messenger app allows you to make video calls, adding to the existing text chat and voice call features. However, like so many Facebook enhancements, this isn't being rolled out as a worldwide release, and Australia is not on the list of the first countries getting the feature.